Rocker-turned-director Rob Zombie has signed to make a sequel to his Halloween horror movie, just months after vowing never to return to the franchise.
Zombie's 2007 remake of John Carpenter's classic horror film proved a huge hit, grossing $60 million (GBP40 million) at the U.S. box office.
Studio chiefs were keen to tie him down to a sequel, but he vehemently refused, until a break helped him fall in love with the franchise again.
He explains, "I was so burned out, but I took a break, made a record and I got excited again."
Zombie now faces a race against time to have H2 ready to hit cinemas in time for Halloween on 31 October 2009.
He says, "Now we'll be hauling ass. That's the problem with making a movie called Halloween. If you come out on November 1st or after, nobody cares. If it was called anything else, it'd be fine."